Jeremy Goss is a successful businessman, and former Welsh International and English Premiership footballer whose most successful playing spell came at Norwich City from 1984 to 1996. Goss, or “Gossy” as he was affectionately known in the game, particularly came to prominence during Norwich City’s successful spell in both the Premiership and European football in the early-mid 1990’s. During that time he also represented Wales, playing in vital qualifying games for his country in both the European Championships and FIFA World Cup. In his nine international appearances, Wales won four, and drew two of the games, statistics which reflect the success the country was having internationally at the time he was playing for them. Indeed, Wales only just missed out on qualifying for the 1994 FIFA World Cup finals. This would have seen Goss and his colleagues, world class players such as Ian Rush, Mark Hughes and Ryan Giggs, play in the world’s biggest and foremost sporting tournament, sharing equal billing with international giants like Brazil, Italy, Holland and Argentina.
Goss made his first team debut at Norwich City in 1984. Throughout his time at the club, the Canaries first team squad included Steve Bruce, the present Sunderland manager; Mike Phelan, current Assistant Manager to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United; ITV football pundit Andy Townsend, and one time most expensive British footballer, Chris Sutton. This accomplishment is a testament to Goss’ belief in himself and the ability that he had; ability and a passion to succeed, to play at the highest level, playing alongside, and against, some of the most famous players in the game, and playing at some of the sport’s most famous arenas. Goss has played-and won-at grounds such as Old Trafford, Highbury, Anfield and the Olympic Stadium in Munich; indeed, he is the last player to have scored in front of the world famous standing Kop end at Liverpool, and, when Norwich City became the first, and only British team to win at Bayern Munich’s world famous Olympic Stadium in 1993, it was Goss who opened the scoring, his spectacular volley beating the German international goalkeeper Raimond Aumann. He was also a member of the Norwich side that drew praise from their victorious hosts, as the Canaries came very close to beating Italian side Inter Milan at the San Siro stadium that same year.
Goss and Norwich City’s remarkable run in both English and European football at that time saw them finish third in the Premier League, widely renowned as the most exciting and competitive in world football. A similar finish now would have seen him and those colleagues playing in the Champions League and being watched by millions of football supporters all over Europe.
Goss has known success throughout his playing career. He represented Kent Schools at football, as well as playing for the England Schools XI at U-18 level, just as Ryan Giggs did at one time. He was also a member of the victorious Norwich City side that won the prestigious FA Youth Cup in 1983.
In a magazine interview, given in 2009, Goss gave an insight into what had made him and his Norwich City team as successful and well known as they had been.
“…the team spirit was great, we were so proud of what we were doing, we knew that this was as good as it gets, and we produced some great football. It wasn’t a job; it was our life, our love, our hobby, our passion. Our everything. I worked hard to get to those moments. The total dedication to training, to the club, the passion and belief in myself, the hours and hours of sweat and blood I put into training to get me to that level and on the back of the papers. It was my reward for the years of hard work I put in…”
(As told to Edward Couzens-Lake, for “Backpass” magazine, Autumn 2009).
Goss is proof positive that belief and confidence in your own abilities will lead to success. He is now transferring those lessons and the experience and expertise he has gained in his successful sporting career to the corporate and business world through Guest Speaking, Motivational sessions and his unique Student Development Programme, based on the themes of ‘Life Skills Love Sport’.